78+ Best Anticipation Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Anticipation is an emotion involving pleasure, or anxiety in considering or awaiting an expected event. Inspirational anticipation quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Anticipation Quotes

Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. – Alfred Hitchcock

People don’t realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind. – Eckhart Tolle

Never forget that anticipation is an important part of life. Work’s important, family’s important, but without excitement, you have nothing. You’re cheating yourself if you refuse to enjoy what’s coming. – Nicholas Sparks

Happiness lies in the imagination, not the act. Pleasure is found first in anticipation, later in memory. – Julian Barnes

An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing. – Samuel Smiles

Even if you walk exactly the same route each time – as with a sonnet – the events along the route cannot be imagined to be the same from day to day, as the poet’s health, sight, his anticipations, moods, fears, thoughts cannot be the same. – A. R. Ammons

Anticipation, I suppose, sometimes exceeds realization. – Amelia Earhart

Anticipation and Hope are born twins. – Rousseau

The anticipation of evil courts evil. Mme. – Deluzy

Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand. – George Eliot

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The craving for a delicate fruit is pleasanter than the fruit itself. – Herder

Suffering itself does less afflict the senses than the apprehension of suffering. – Quintilian

What need a man forestall his date of grief, and run to meet what he would most avoid? – Milton

I know that we often tremble at an empty terror; yet the false fancy brings a real misery. – Schiller

Nothing is so great an adversary to those who make it their business to please as expectation. – Cicero

All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than expectation. – Feltham

We can but ill endure, among so many sad realities, to rob anticipation of its pleasant visions. – Henry Giles

There is nothing so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it in expecting evil before it arrives? – Seneca

I would not anticipate the relish of any happiness, nor feel the weight of any misery, before it actually arrives. – Spectator

I am giddy; expectation whirls me ’round.The imaginary relish is so sweetThat it enchants my sense. – Shakespeare

A good restaurant just makes me giddy. I can go all day with anticipation just knowing where I’m going to eat. Sometimes it’s well planned, sometimes it’s spontaneous. Either way works.

We part more easily with what we possess, than with our expectations of what we wish for; because expectation always goes beyond enjoyment. – Henry Home

Whatever advantage we snatch beyond a certain portion allotted us by nature, is like money spent before it is due, which, at the time of regular payment, will be missed and regretted. – Johnson

To despond is to be ungrateful beforehand. Be not looking for evil. Often, thou drainest the gall of fear while evil is passing by thy dwelling. – Tupper

With everyone, the expectation of a misfortune constitutes a dreadful punishment. Suffering then assumes the proportions of the unknown, which is the soul’s infinite. – Balzac

The events we most desire do not happen; or, if they do, it is neither in the time nor in the circumstances when they would have given us extreme pleasure. – La Bruyère

Nobody knows what anticipation is anymore. Everything is so immediate. – Joan Jett

The problem is, whether a man constantly and strongly believing that such a thing shall be, it don’t help anything to the effecting of the thing. – Bacon

There are many things that are thorns to our hopes until we have attained them, and envenomed arrows to our hearts when we have. – Mirabeau

Our thinking and our behaviour are always in anticipation of a response. It is therefore fear-based. – Deepak Chopra

There would be few enterprises of great labor or hazard undertaken, if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages which we persuade ourselves to expect from them. – Johnson

Drawing near her death, she sent most pious thoughts as harbingers to heaven, and her soul saw a glimpse of happiness through the chinks of her sickness-broken body. – Thomas Fuller

Things temporal are sweeter in the expectation, things eternal are sweeter in the fruition; the first shames thy hope, the second crowns it; it is a vain journey, whose end affords less pleasure than the way. – Quarles

A man’s desires always disappoint him; for though he meets with something that gives him satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers his expectation. – La Rochefoucauld

All fear is in itself painful, and when it conduces not to safety, is painful without use. Every consideration, therefore, by which groundless terrors may be removed adds something to human happiness. – Dr. Johnson

The hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with fruition. In the first instance, we cook the dish to our own appetite; in the latter, Nature cooks it for us. – Goldsmith

Such is the uncertainty of human affairs, that security and despair are equal follies; and as it is presumption and arrogant to anticipate triumphs, it is weakness and cowardice to prognosticate miscarriages. – Dr. Johnson

An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing. – Samuel Smiles

Motivational Anticipation Quotes

It has been well said that no man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when to-morrow’s burden is added to the burden of to-day that the weight is more than a man can bear. – George Macdonald

Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period or other, when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other, it is our own. – Colton

The pilot who is always dreading a rock or a tempest must not complain if he remains a poor fisherman. We must at times trust something to fortune, for fortune has often some share in what happens. – Metastasio

In all worldly things that a man pursues with the greatest eagerness and intention of mind imaginable, he finds not half the pleasure in the actual possession of them, as he proposed to himself in the expectation. – South

In proportion as our cares are employed upon the future, they are abstracted from the present, from the only time which we can call our own, and of which, if we neglect the apparent duties to make provision against visionary attacks, we shall certainly counteract our own purpose. – Dr. Johnson

We are apt to rely upon future prospects and become really expensive while we are only rich in possibility. We live up to our expectations, not to our possessions, and make a figure proportionable to what we may be, not what we are. – Addison

Whichever way we look the prospect is disagreeable. Behind, we have left pleasures we shall never enjoy, and therefore regret; and before, we see pleasures which we languish to possess, and are consequently uneasy till we possess them. – Goldsmith

We sometimes emphasize the danger in a crisis without focusing on the opportunities that are there. – Al Gore

By anticipation we sugar misery and enjoy happiness before they are in being. We can set the sun and stars forward or lose sight of them by wandering into those retired parts of eternity when the heavens and earth shall be no more. – Joseph Addison

Anticipation leads the way to victory and is the spur to conquest. – Nicolas Chamfort

The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting. – Andy Warhol

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy. – Lao Tzu

Anticipation was the soul of enjoyment. – Elizabeth Gaskell

Perpetual anticipation is good for the soul but it’s bad for the heart. – Stephen Joshua Sondheim

Anticipation – It’s a ticklish thing really, Quivering, exciting, waiting, Until it dies – Killed by its own self Lost through virtue of being there – Dal Perry

You loved ferris wheels more than roller coasters because life shouldn’t be lived at full speed, but in anticipation and appreciation. – Amy Harmon

Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them. – Lucy Maud Montgomery

Depression is the flaw in love. There’s no such thing as love without the anticipation of loss. And that specter of despair can be the engine of intimacy. – Andrew Solomon

We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting. – Samuel Johnson

We need the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive. – Albert Camus

Oft expectation fails, and most oft there where most it promises; and oft it hits where hope is coldest and despair most fits. – William Shakespeare

It is expectation makes a blessing dear; heaven were not heaven if we knew what it were. – John Suckling

Anticipation is a gift. Perhaps there is none greater. Anticipation is born of hope. Indeed, it is hope’s finest expression. – Steven L. Peck

Anticipating pain was like enduring it twice. Why not anticipate pleasure instead? – Robin Hobb

Anticipation is making me late; it’s keeping me waiting. – Carly Simon

Anticipation makes pleasure more intense. – Iris Johansen

When you expect things to happen – strangely enough – they do happen. – J. P. Morgan

Troubles impending always seem worse than troubles surmounted, but this does not prove that they really are.
– Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

Live with the anticipation that something incredible might happen at any time. – Sharon Gannon

Anticipation! It occurred to him that his anticipation was more pleasant to him than the experiencing. – Patricia Highsmith

Expectation is the mother of all frustration. – Antonio Banderas

Wait for it, wait for it! Anticipation is half the fun, So I’ve been told… – Phil Collins

Anticipation is the greater part of pleasure. – Angela Carter

The excitement of anticipation was almost equal to the thrill of lovemaking … – John Irving

…The body is affected by the image of the thing, in the same way as if the thing were actually present. – Baruch Spinoza

Never yield to gloomy anticipation. Place your hope and confidence in God. He has no record of failure. – Lettie Cowman

Anticipation is sometimes more exciting than actual events. – Ana Monnar

Somehow the anticipation of pain can be even more troubling, more a misery than the pain itself. – Joanne Harris